Celebration marks completed £800,000 investment in housing scheme

A celebration marked the completion of an investment project which has transformed a sheltered housing scheme.


30 Nov 2021

The £800,000 investment carried out by Thirteen, in partnership with Esh Construction, has seen customers living in the 24 flats at Laburnum and Magnolia Court in Stockton receive new kitchens, bathrooms with level access showers, doors, new heating systems, a full electrical upgrade and decoration throughout.

Ewbank Gardens, the welcoming onsite community centre has received a full makeover as part of the project, including roof improvements, a new, modern kitchen, bathroom suites, doors, a full heating upgrade and modern décor.

The landscaped gardens have created a relaxing environment for customers to enjoy together.

Resident and involved customer Pauline Brace said: “I’ve lived here for ten years and I’m very pleased with the improvements to my home, especially the new kitchen. The work has made my home feel much warmer too. We’re fortunate to have communal facilities, such as the community centre and the gardens to enjoy. We also had the chance to speak to the team throughout the project at coffee mornings, so we could ask any questions about the work.”

Thirteen’s project manager Rubie Lee said: “We were delighted to celebrate with customers. This has been a very exciting project to see take shape, which has modernised the homes. Not only can our customers see a visible difference to their homes, but this work brings many benefits, making them feel much warmer and energy efficient.

“Schemes like this are so important so that people can live as independently as possible, that’s why we continue to invest in facilities like this, ensuring they are modern and comfortable so that every person has a home that meets their needs.”

Colin Ford, construction director at Esh Construction, said: “These much-needed improvements have been delivered just in time for the winter season where residents will benefit from warmer, comforting homes during the colder weather. We pride ourselves on maintaining successful working relationships with our clients and we are delighted to complete another project in partnership with Thirteen.”  

The work is part of Thirteen’s £31million investment plans, which will see over 2,400 homes benefit from improvement work over 45 estates across the North East.